We aim to be a key facilitator on the capital markets and financial services issues for both the United States and Vietnamese financial institutions, by leveraging our broad expertise of members and partners across the global financial ecosystem.
The Committee seeks to promote institutional investment policies and interests between Vietnam and the United States by providing a professional platform on common issues, challenges and cooperation opportunities.
The Committee examines industry trends and standards, identifies barriers and opportunities and exchanges best practices for the development of the capital markets and financial services sector.
We seek to serve as information conduit, sharing, and actionable platform for US related financial institutions
We aim to collaborate with to the Ministry of Finance (MoF), State Securities Commission (SSC), and Ministry of Planning and Development (MPI) for dialog, unified approach, and message on capital markets and institutional investment issues, and impact to U.S. related firms.
The Committee plans to support other committees within AmCham on issues related to US related investments, structured financing, capital raising, IPO and M&A.
We aim to assist and support Vietnam in the transformation of financial global practice and promote US based expertise (NYSE, NASDAQ, Silicon Valley Venture Capital…)
We seek to learn and collaborate with other organizations on matters of mutual interest (other development financial institutions (DFIs) such as IFC, ADB, FMO, DEG, DFC…)
Chad Ovel, Partner, Mekong Capital Advisors
Chad Ovel has lived and worked in Vietnam continuously since 1996.
Chad is a Partner at Mekong Capital, a Vietnam-focused Private Equity firm, specializing in consumer driven businesses. Established in 2001, Mekong Capital has the most extensive private equity track record in Vietnam having completed 35 private equity investments, of which 26 have been fully exited. Chad has led Mekong Capital’s successful investments in various sectors including pharmaceuticals, real estate, logistics, casual dining and retail.
Before joining Mekong Capital, Chad had a successful track record as a CEO leading the rapid growth of ScanCom Vietnam, a foreign-owned furniture export manufacturing business, and AA Corporation, a local company operating in the sectors of construction, retail and manufacturing.
Chad is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He holds a BA from Carleton College and an MBA from University of Chicago.
Louis Nguyen, Chairman and CEO, Saigon Asset Management (SAM)
Louis Nguyen is the Chairman and CEO of Saigon Asset Management (SAM), a fund management and investment banking firm based in Saigon, Vietnam. SAM focuses on the capital markets, real estate, and impact investment. Since 2007, SAM and its funds have invested in over US$500 million in over 70 companies and projects in Vietnam, as well as outperformed their peer funds and related indices.
Prior to founding SAM, Louis was Managing Director at VinaCapital, a fund management firm with over US$3 billion of asset under management. He was also Founding General Partner at IDG Ventures Vietnam, a technology fund management firm with over US$100 million of asset under management.
Prior to arriving in Vietnam in 2003, Louis was Vice President at Intelligent Capital, a technology M&A firm based in San Francisco, California, which completed in over US$1 billion in transactions.
Prior to that, Louis was Director at Osprey Ventures, a US$100 million technology venture capital fund management company based in Menlo Park, California.
He held management roles at Apple, NEC, and KPMG in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
Louis is a member of the board of directors of PetroVietnam Fertilizer and Chemicals Corporation (DPM), Amber Fund Management, Sunwah Corporation, Heritage Beverage Corporation, USV Capital…
He co-chairs the Capital Markets Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Saigon, Vietnam.
Louis received a B.S. in Accounting & Finance from San Jose State University, San Jose, California.
For more info please visit: www.saigonam.com
Meetings and Information-sharing
Join the Capital Markets Committee
We seek active members to support our mission who can add values. The best way to forge long-term business relationships is by working closely with people to accomplish goals that help the community. At committee meetings and events, you will have the opportunity to network, talk face-to-face with industry experts, understand the ecosystem, and participate to improve our business environment by joint efforts on our activities.